Swan Lake and Butte–listen to the cry of the loon

Loons nest on Swan Lake.

Quick Facts: NOTE: Road to Swan Lake has been damaged due to winter storms and may not be open. Call Republic Ranger District for road status (509) 775-7400 Location: Colville National Forest, near Republic Land Agency: US Forest Service Roundtrip: 3.1 miles Elevation gain: 360 feet Contact: Colville National Forest Notes: Dogs permitted on leash, but […]

Blythe and Chukar Lakes─Birds and beauty in the Channeled Scablands

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Location: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge, Grant County Land Agency: U.S. Department of the Interior Contact: Columbia National Wildlife Refuge Roundtrip: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 300 feet Note: Dogs permitted on leash. Be snake and tick aware   Good to know: dog-friendly, kid-friendly, spring wildflowers, exceptional birdwatching Access: From Spokane, take I-90 west to Exit 179 in […]

Second Beach– Home to First Rate Scenery

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  Quick Facts: Location: Olympic National Park Land Agency: Quileute Nation and National Park Service Roundtrip: 4.0 miles Elevation Gain: 310 feet Contact: Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center Green Trails Map: 99S Olympic Coast Beaches Notes: Dogs prohibited Access: From Forks follow US 101 north for 1.5 miles turning left onto State Route 110 (signed “Mora–La Push”). […]

Riverview Wildlife Refuge –Quiet bird sanctuary on the Snohomish River

The trail follows the Snohomish River passing beneath the SR 9 bridge.

Quick Facts Location: City of Snohomish Land Agency: Snohomish Department of Parks and Volunteer Programs Roundtrip: 2.2 miles Elevation gain: minimal Difficulty: Easy Contact: City of Snohomish and Pilchuck Audubon Society Notes: Dogs must be on leash (and may not be allowed in the near future). Access:  From Everett head east on US 2 to […]